Rinaldo sits for Ericsson hit

What do we do with you, Zac Rinaldo? The rookie center was “Shanabanned” earlier this evening, suspended for two games without pay on Monday by the National Hockey League. Rinaldo was slapped on the wrist because of that hard check which blew up Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson late in the first period of a 3-2 Detroit victory on Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena. He was given a minor for charging on the play and that realistically should have been all. “Ericsson is eligible to be hit in this situation, and Rinaldo is in position to deliver a legal, …

Laviolette speaks 2/13/12

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers Q:  What do you think is the biggest problem with the power play and PK? PL:  “I think there’s always different things.  It’s not necessarily one thing. There are things we can do better in the neutral zone, as far as PK goes and end zone.   Like I’ve said before we have a lot of new faces and different pieces in place here and we will continue to look at.   We have a good opportunity to do some teaching over the next couple days and get ourselves back ready.  Our penalty kill has been decent …

This Week in Flyers History 2/12-2/18

The continuation of a new weekly series here at Flyers Faithful, “This Week in Flyers History” aims to provide historical information on Flyers games of the past with some kind of significance, using pictures and videos where appropriate. February 12, 1984 Canucks 6, Flyers 5 – Despite a 20-4 shot edge in the first period and leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 5-3, Philly allows Vancouver to score three straight in the third period to win, culminating when Tiger Williams tallied with 1:56 remaining in regulation. Pelle Lindbergh, who surrendered six goals on just 29 shots, is in the midst of suffering …

Rangers continue to confound Flyers, pick up another matinee victory

Ryan Callahan notched his second hat trick in less than one calendar year on Saturday afternoon, and the New York Rangers continued their stranglehold on the Philadelphia Flyers thanks to a 5-2 victory. “Obviously any time you get three goals, you’re excited, especially against a team that is so close to you in the standings,” Callahan said. “I had some pretty easy tap-in goals there so it wasn’t all me today.” The Blueshirts, who lead the Atlantic Division by six points over their foes, improved to 5-0-0 against the Orange and Black this season and one victory away — potentially …

Inside Providence: 2013 AHL All-Star Game slotted for Rhode Island

Surely putting out the call to “Dunph,” “Drugs,” “Mousey,” Bunny Cote and other hockey-crazed New Englanders of all ages, the American Hockey League selected Providence, Rhode Island, as the host for the 2013 All-Star Classic on Wednesday. “The American Hockey League is excited to be returning to one of its founding cities for the 2013 All-Star Classic,” said AHL president and CEO David Andrews. “Providence has been part of the fabric of our league since our first season in 1936, and the Providence Bruins organization has been a cornerstone for the last two decades. We’re looking forward to showcasing our …